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Gallagher Unveils Prescription Drug Price Comparison Webpage for Seniors

5/27/2005

CONTACT: 
Tami Torres or Bob Lotane     
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher today unveiled a new web-enabled database that will help Florida's seniors comparison shop for their prescription drugs.
 
Located on the Florida Department of Financial Services Senior Resource Center website, the low-price information can be found by logging on to www.flseniors.net/prescriptiondrugs/ . The process is simple – choose the county of residence and the prescription drug in the drop-down menus, and the available Medicare prices in the area will be displayed, starting with the lowest price. The locations and phone numbers of the pharmacies are listed for shopping convenience.
 
"Florida's seniors need drug pricing information so they can easily find the lowest prices in their area," said Gallagher, who oversees the department. "This new webpage gives comparative prescription drug prices by pharmacy and by county. The top most-prescribed drugs in Florida are available to search, through data provided by the Agency for Health Care Administration.
 
"Florida is now home to more than 2.9 million Floridians over the age of 65, and these seniors have so much to keep up with – their health, family and finances. More than ever they are going on-line for information and assistance.  This page on our senior website will link seniors directly to the lowest prices for the prescription drugs they need. I hope this will be a valuable resource for seniors, their families and those charged with their care." 
 
Gallagher said the site also features links for seniors to organizations offering information on free and discounted prescription drugs.  Other resources on the website offer extensive information about Medicare, insurance plans and long-term care options.  There are also many tips for seniors on avoiding financial scams and identity theft.
 
Seniors who don't have access to a computer at home, through a friend or a local library can call the department toll-free at 1-800-342-2762 to get more information and order brochures on many  health, insurance and financial topics.